Record and milestone anniversaries to look out for in 2020

PUBLISHED: 13:20 06 February 2020 | UPDATED: 13:22 06 February 2020

Record and milestone anniversaries to look out for in 2020 (c) Ian Sanderson, Flickr

Record and milestone anniversaries to look out for in 2020 (c) Ian Sanderson, Flickr

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Throughout the year, FAI will celebrate the anniversaries of its most interesting and impressive records, along with milestone firsts and notable achievements in the field of aviation and air sports

Since records were first ratified by FAI in 1906, more than 7000 women and men have pushed the boundaries of what is possible.

Of course, technological evolution played a huge role in helping pilots improve their performances, but it was their ingenuity, determination and courage which ultimately made them surpass themselves.

In 2010, Swiss pilot André Borschberg and the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse flew to the incredible altitude of 9235m, thus establishing the first absolute world record in this solar category.

Further back, in 1930, the Hunter brothers broke the world record for duration in an airplane by spending no less than 23 days (553h 41m 30s) in the air without landing, thanks to air-to-air refuelling. And in 1890, Clément Ader flew his Avion Eole, a steam-powered aircraft modelled on the wings of bats, for the first time.

These are just a sample of the pilots and performances about which FAI will publish articles and social media posts during the year. The full list is below:

+ 17 February 2010 - DUVOISIN Pierrick - SUI - Ballooning - Eco-balloon concept, duration record (27h 41m 20s) - 2 records, incl. 15834 - current

+ 8 March 1910 - DE LAROCHE Raymonde - FRA - Powered airplanes - 1st female pilot to obtain a pilot licence

+ 28 March 1910 - FABRE Henri - FRA - Powered airplanes - 1st successful powered seaplane flight

+ 2 July 1900 - VON SIGSFELD Hans Bartsch - GER - Ballooning - 1st flight of the first Zeppelin

+ 11 June - 4 July 1930 - HUNTER brothers: John and Kenneth; refuel plane: Walter and Albert* - USA - Powered airplanes - Duration record - 23 days in flight (553h 41m 30s) - 9559

+ 8 July 2010 - BORSCHBERG André* - SUI - Experimental / New Technologies -Absolute altitude record in the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse (9235m) - 3 records, incl. 16042 - current

+ 11 July 1930 - ALEXANDER Ruth - USA - Powered airplanes - Altitude - early female world record (6583m) - 12231

+ 6 September 1970 - HILL Maynard - USA - Aeromodelling - Altitude record with a model aircraft (8205m) - 2430

+ 9 October 1890 - ADER Clément* - FRA - Powered airplanes - First take-off of the Avion Eole

+ 13 October 1930 - NELLI Marinello - ITA - Rotorcraft - Early rotorcraft altitude record (18m) - 13087

24 November 2000 - FOSSETT Steve* - USA - Powered airplanes - Speed around the world Westbound - 6766 - current

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